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I really want to try Balzac. Which book should I begin reading first? Alicia Definitely Pere Goriot. It’s known as the crossroads of all Balzac’s books. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet horio on Listopia.

Cica Gorio

This clear tragedy tells Rastignac, and perhaps France itself, what it takes to succeed in a Capitalist World: Vica Vautrin explains to Rastignac, it is illusory to think that cic success can be achieved through study, talent, and effort — you can never get anywhere worthwhile by slaving your life away earning an honest living out of your education and skills.

All you need glrio cynicism. Nothing else could have convinced Rastignac. Under such conditions, why work? And why behave morally at all? Since social inequality was in itself immoral and unjustified, why not be thoroughly immoral and appropriate capital by whatever means are available? Was it that Rastignac should be pitied?

Or was he a hope that even a complete cynic once had hope and could have taken a different turn? Or was it that if only the Goriots could be treated better the Rastignacs might find more motivation to stick it out in honorable professions?

Or was it that all pretensions to live a up-and-comer middle-class life is buying into the capitalist illusion? View all 9 comments. Jan 09, J.

Through an analysis of families, marriage and institutions, Balzac presents fully realized characters from diverse backgrounds. When reading this novel, you do feel immersed in the upheaval of French society. That immersion extends to the characters, so many characters–their motivations, social climbing here a major themevirtues and pettiness. In the end, you Forio want to scream at Goriot ckca not give all his money to his daughters.

Overall, I found Pere Goriot an exhausting but rewarding experience. Last thing, if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line? Would that be a breach of what his actual charge is? I would say yeah.


I would say yes. They said I own buildings in Russia. They said I made money from Russia. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time. View all 37 comments. These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged quasi-meditative snatches of time, are essential to readers’ educations.

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This is a tragedy, perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic–it naturally follows its predestined course the entire timebut it IS ful These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged quasi-meditative snatches of time, are essential to readers’ educations.

This is a tragedy, perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic–it naturally follows its predestined course the entire timebut it IS full of woe-is-meisms and melancholy in the treatment of one human from goorio class to another.

I simply must add something! How to do this without giving a spoiler? Below I have only hinted at what made this book move groio three to four stars. It has to do with the hidden criminal, also mentioned below.

One of the boarders leads to the discovery of that criminal. It is the behavior of the other boarders toward the criminal and the betrayer that made me love the book. Not many authors can achieve such.

It is dated, wordy and at times almost flowery. Due to its old-fashioned style, the book was published first in and in serial format, you must read or listen very carefully. The writing is chock full of details. A sordid, mediocre area. Its residents struggling to survive.

Then the descriptions take you inside the lodging cics Mason Vauquerroom by room.

The widow who manages the house, the lodgers, there are seven, down to their clothing, facial attributes, behavioral quirks, social standing and aspirations. We learn of each one’s past, or at least we are told what may have been their past lives.

That all is not revealed or known is hinted at. It is these characters and a few others that the story revolves around. Goio dinners, paying diners from the neighborhood fill the seats up to 18 or 20, circling the table, joking and talking, arguing. At breakfast the cook, the handyman and the cat and the seven boarders in their bathrobes and slippers; this was a “Parisian family” as any other.

I have been in houses like the one described. I could picture the wall paper, the tiles, the tall windows, the attic, the creaky boards. I could smell the dampness, the musty air. I like descriptive writing.


The book opens with that setting. I was made curious. Others may be bored. Then the story develops around the seven boarders and what each is up to. There is a father who loves his two daughters. There is an aspiring law student from southern France. There is a criminal in hiding. Who will betray whom? The story is about love and money and social standing, about how to succeed. What it does best is describe life in Paris around i. It is not about history.

It is about a time and place. It is about ciac and how we behave, then and today. Balzac was critical of his times. He sought to describe it realistically, honestly. I think he succeeds magnificently.

Some don’t see what is before their eyes. Some value friendship and shared experiences. The audiobook narration by Walter Covell is mediocre. Sure, it is not hard to follow and you can hear the lines. There is zero spark. Pick another goeio if you can. Goroi all 15 comments. Usando una lontana parentela, entra in contatto con le due figlie del pensionato, ne scopre il legame paterno quasi taciuto, nascosto e proibito dai due generifrequenta il bel mondo parigino, ne scopre gli abissi, ingoia amaro e si fa fagocitare.

Ne conosceranno, i lettori, i destini in altri capitoli della Commedia. I expected to like this book more, and I didn’t absolutely love it perhaps because this is a precurser to the works of Hugo and Zola whose novels I really love, and somehow less refined — in short, I was kind of disappointed, and I know this author and love him but haven’t read him in a while so this may be something too.

Here’s what I did love: The end notes and appendix in this edition are imperative, particularly if a reader intends to read other books of the human comedy and keep the characters straight. I’ll reread this when I’m in a more receptive frame of mind, and less impatient with Balzac’s rather hollow characterizations and my distaste for the caricatures of Goriot, who doesn’t learn, and his daughters, who are simply awful.

Gori right now I’m giving it a lowish 4. View all 4 comments.